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Stalked: Inglorious Bastards casting, Schrader's latest, Levinson's Train, Tokyo Underworld

Inglorious Bastards casting calms down...

Paul Schrader's latest speculative script The Dying of the Light gets bought...

Barry Levinson is set to direct the noir-esque Pete Dexter novel adaptation Train...

Robert Whiting's novel Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan is being filmed...

The casting for Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards looks to be calming down now from the initial excitement of having names such as Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in talks and those early rumours of such names as Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. Now we're hearing from Yahoo News that the next name in talks is one of the co-stars of the American The Office series, B.J. Novak.

Paul Schrader's latest speculative script has been bought according to Variety. The Dying of the Light tells the story of a CIA agent who is forced to retire as he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, however his final mission is being compromised by the effects of the disease. Now I've seen a foreign film a while ago that has a similar plot, a hitman with Alzheimer's, but I genuinely forget what it was called.

Barry Levinson is set to direct Train, a film which is set in 1950's and will carry a very noir-esque feel to it. According to The Hollywood Reporter the story follows Miller Packard, a white sergeant in the San Diego Police Department and Lionel “Train” Walk, a black golf caddy who knows the secret behind a murder. The film is being billed as a mystery and will see the characters come together with a backdrop of politics and racism. It's an adaptation of the successful novel (Play.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Filmstalker stores) from the writer Pete Dexter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Whiting's novel Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan (Play.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Filmstalker stores) is set to become a film with an adaptation by Frank Badlwin. It tells the true life story of Nick Zappetti who, after the U.S. occupation forces left Japan after World War II, was involved in a failed diamond robbery and was deported. He returned, opened a pizza place, and built it to become a centre of Tokyo's nightlife where, over the next fifteen years, the Yakuza grew to power and he became a central figure in that rise.



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